CDU Alice floats NAIDOC support 


Charles Darwin University (CDU) Alice Springs staff and students will march as part of NAIDOC 2006, a week long celebration of Indigenous achievements and culture.

‘Our children, our future’ is the theme of this year’s NAIDOC week and CDU’s Alice Springs campus will be involved in the march with a themed float.

Alice Springs is host of NAIDOC 2006, which includes an opening ceremony, forums, concerts, an awards ceremony and sports day.

Karrina Betschart, coordinator pathways and secondary school liaison (Barkly and Central) says staff and students at CDU were keen to support NAIDOC and went out of their way to decorate the float and be involved in the march.

“The float was a great way to promote the University and at the same time voice our support for local Indigenous students,” she said

A number of pathways are on offer to Indigenous students, these include the Tertiary Enabling Program, Guaranteed Indigenous Entry provision (through SATAC), VET pathways and the Indigenous Pre-Law, Pre-Business, Pre-Arts Program (IPLBA).

Indigenous academic support lecturers, Lorraine St Clair, David Reilly, Kathy Arbon and Toni Assan will be available to meet and support students on the day wanting to know more about CDU.

The Indigenous Academic Support Team provides Indigenous students with access to tutoring, assistance with applying and enrolling in courses, advocacy support, access to study facilities on campus, an Indigenous newsletter and visits to organisations.